Members of a hospital reading group enjoyed a session with award-winning writer Kenton Samuels as part of Shropshire Council Library Service’s Poetry on Loan partnership.
Band members, long-term patients and staff at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital hosted Kenton at their October gathering at Horatio’s Garden as part of Black History Month and to celebrate Library Week.
Winner of the Wolverhampton Residents Poetry Prize at the 2022 Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Kenton led a workshop sharing his work and inspiring the group with his poetry.
“I was in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. It was a new setting and a new type of event for me too, so I’m happy with the experience!
“Having poets perform in Horatio’s Garden is, I think, a great use of space and a way to enhance and inspire patients’ experiences in the hospital and in the garden. I am grateful to have been invited and hope that everyone who attended felt entertained, inspired and blessed.
Rob Gittins, Cabinet Member of the Shropshire Council for Culture and Digital, said:-
“It’s a great example of how our library service can help improve people’s well-being.
“I’m sure the band and guests enjoyed Kenton coming to see them and he clearly enjoyed visiting them in the hospital and the event broadened their whole experience.”
Shropshire Council Library Development Manager Mirka Duxberry added:-
“Poetry on Loan events allow us to work in a much more focused way, with people outside the traditional library setting. Kenton’s poetry performance was relatable, rhythmic and beautifully delivered and left people eager to engage in a deeper exploration of poetry.
Poetry on Loan promotes contemporary poetry in West Midlands public libraries by providing poets for events, supporting the Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate schemes, providing promotional material and training sessions.